Field of Saddle Road Dreams by Ellen Cotton

Field of Saddle Road Dreams by 

The Big Island of Hawai’i is larger than the other islands in the chain (about 4,000 square miles) with a resident population of only just over 200,000. There are vast open spaces that go on for mile after mile of magnificent landscape. From lush rainforest to desolate lava fields – from the cool mountain air of Waimea to the humid heat of the eastern “rainy side” of the island – there is always something new to discover!

If you are up to it, you can even hike to the top of Mauna Kea (dormant) volcano and join the astronomers at Keck Observatory watching the stars from an altitude of almost 14,000 ft. But be prepared for very cold temperatures and even snow at certain times of the year!

Or you can visit the Volcanoes National Park and watch the lava flow into the sea.

To me this island is not only a photographer’s dream, but it is also a place where I can listen to the sounds of the earth, watch the stars, and learn about the deeply spiritual nature of it’s people.

Taking a tour with a local guide through areas not open to the general public, I was humbled to listen to the depth of his knowledge of the island’s native plants and animals. We could all learn so much about respect for the natural resources of our planet from the Hawai’ians.

Top Ten in ImageWriting “Your Favorite Place” challenge – 7/2012
Featured in Hawaiian Beauty – Jan.2015

Being in my 60’s, I am a latecomer to photography. Yet I have found great satisfaction and pleasure in creating digital art from my photographs. Taking pictures was a hobby until surgery in 2001 left me disabled and gave me the opportunity to learn about digital art and photographic software. I’ve been selling my work online and through local galleries since 2009.

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  • Carisma
    Carismaalmost 6 years ago

    Why this has got no comments?? Bubblers have no eyes? This is a stunning composition with great DOF! Lovely!

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you very much!!! I’ve been with Redbubble only a month and am still finding my way around the groups. So glad you found me and liked what you saw!!

  • Delany Dean
    Delany Deanover 5 years ago

    Fascinating image! Marvelous work! And yes, you might want to put this into more groups… landscape groups, nature groups? I know people will love your work once they have seen what you do!

  • Wow, thanks so much for the wonderful comments! I’m overwhelmed! I’ll think about your suggestion!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Matthew Reilly
    Matthew Reillyover 5 years ago

    Great image!

  • Thanks so much! MUCH appreciated!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Wow this is stunning to see, the depth and view are amazing, fantastic work…gina

  • Thank you, Virginia! I very much appreciate your comments!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • raindancerwoman
    raindancerwomanover 5 years ago

    great shot.. now that looks like CA to

  • Yes, we do get the golden hills here. But rarely in combination with a stormy, dramatic sky. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my work! :))

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Hallo Wildfang
    Hallo Wildfangover 5 years ago

    wow, great shot, love the feeling to it, and the framing!

  • Thank you so much! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting :))

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Alessandro Pinto
    Alessandro Pintoover 5 years ago

    Fabulous scene.. almost unreal! so beauituflly captured for an amazing image !

  • You are very kind to give such lovely comments! Thank you SO much!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Jack Grace
    Jack Graceover 5 years ago

    This is beautiful, going over for the first time next week, it looks so much drier than my green Maui.

  • It’s nice of you to reciprocate :) The Big Island has its lush greens too – more so on the Hilo side. This was taken just east of Waikoloa. I’ve never been to Maui, but I love the diversity of the Big Island. I’m sure you’ll like it!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    Wonderful …. love it.

  • Thanks so much for the generous comment and the fav!!

    – Ellen Cotton

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